Other Special Events
The Messenger: Birds Have Something to Tell Us
The award-winning documentary film, The Messenger, is coming to Almonte TONIGHT JANUARY 19
Canadian Director Su Rynard’s visionary film will be showing for one night only at Almonte Old Town Hall. Since its world premiere at Toronto’s 2015 Hot Docs Film Festival, The Messenger has impressed audiences around the world. This essential film has significant global implications and argues that the decline of songbirds signals an uncertain shift in an already fragile ecosystem, while warning that the uncertain fate of songbirds mirrors our own. Screening information is as follows: 7 PM, Thursday, January 19 at Almonte Old Town Hall. Admission is $5, with all proceeds to Bird Studies Canada (BSC), “The Messenger” Impact Campaign. The screening, hosted by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, will be followed by a Q and A discussion. Note that admission is free for MVFN members. However, for those who wish to donate to BSC, donations will be accepted on film night and at the Jan 6 MVFN Pub Night.
The films director had noticed birds “disappearing” from around her family cottage NE of Toronto: “For me, the first step was to simply stop, listen and see for myself what was going on in the skies above. The next step [was] this film” said Rynard. Indeed, according to Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, author of Silence of the Songbirds,
“What we’re seeing with these songbird declines is 40 or 50 years in a row of the populations getting lower and lower. So we have only half the birds we did back in the 1960’s.”
Beautifully filmed in Canada (Toronto, Alberta’s boreal forest, and elsewhere), Costa Rica, Germany, France, The Netherlands and the USA, The Messenger excels, with an international panel of remarkable participants— expert scientists and artists whose insightful knowledge and passion movie-goers strongly connect with. To name a few: Dr. Bridget Stutchbury; University of Saskatchewan’s, Dr. Christy Morrisey, the young eco-toxicologist whose research on impacts of new pesticides on prairie farmland and wetland birds is revealing vital clues to what’s going wrong; German composer/DJ Dominik Eulberg whose contribution “reconciled his love of ornithology, with his talent, skill and experience in techno music”; and ecologist Alejandra Martinez-Salinas, in Costa Rica, whose current work focuses on the role of birds in control of coffee berry borer, an important coffee pest worldwide.
“Without a doubt, The Messenger is the most outstanding film I’ve seen on birds. The fact that it is so strongly science-based, so emotive in its pitch, so beautiful in its design it captivates me and everyone who has had a chance to see it” says Steven Price, President, Bird Studies Canada:
The Messenger brings hope also. Rynard: “In ancient times, to predict the future, humans looked to the flights and songs of birds. Today once more, the birds have something to tell us.” [Ultimately]: “I believe people are compassionate, intelligent, and capable of change. Real change occurs when people begin to positively care, and you can feel this in the film . . . we have launched an impact campaign with Bird Studies Canada birdscanada.org. We aim to connect people who care with ways they can help.”
Film Screening details:
Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Time: 7 PM (doors open 6:30 PM)
Place: Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St., Almonte, ON
Admission: Tickets are $5 at the door, with all proceeds going to the Bird Studies Canada (BSC) ‘The Messenger’ Impact Campaign. Admission is free for MVFN members. However, for those who wish, donations towards BSC will be accepted on film screening night or at the Jan 6 MVFN Pub Night. Refreshments will be available at the event. The film will be followed by an audience Q & A discussion.
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Clayton Road Clean-Up Morning with MVFN
Saturday, April 30, 2016
MVFN’s Environmental Issues Committee is embarking upon a new effort to help make our part of community more ‘natural’ and ‘healthy’ by removing as much trash as possible from roadways.
We have decided to “adopt a road” each year. This year we will clean up on Clayton Road, Mississippi Mills AND we are asking your help to achieve this task! Meet afterwards for donut and coffee to relax and celebrate.
Date: Saturday April 30th from 8:30 to 10:30 am; coffee at Equator Coffee in Almonte afterwards.
Fourteen volunteers plus one or two pick-up trucks would easily complete the task. Please register for this event so I’ll know who is coming. Let me know if you have a pick-up and can help to drive helpers and/or help by collecting litter.
What to wear: long sleeves and trousers, tucked in to protect from deer ticks and wild parsnip. Gloves are essential. Also sun screen and insect repellant.
What to bring: a light pail with a handle and a stick with a nail in the end.
Where to meet: Esso station (corner of Highway 29 and Ottawa Street) in Almonte at 7:45 am for car-pooling.
To Register: Contact Cliff Bennett at 613-256 5013 or
Celebration of Life for Joel Byrne
It is sad to post this reminder. . . but for those who wanted to attend here is the information about the Celebration of Life service for Joel Byrne.
A Celebration of Life for Joel Byrne will be held at 1:00 pm on March 12, 2016 at St. Andrew’s United Church, at 2585 County Rd 29 in Pakenham, ON. Reception: refreshments and a time of sharing will take place following the service.
In lieu of flowers, it is the wish of family that donations in memory of Joel be made to the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust, 375 McCulloch Road, McDonald’s Corners, ON K0G 1M0. A memorial bench is planned at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills where Joel enjoyed so many days.
Our friend Joel, at White Lake, 2008 (photo by Howard Robinson).
100% Possible: Ottawa Climate Change March on the Eve of Climate Conference in Paris
As announced at the MVFN lecture last week: a Climate Change event including speeches etc. and ending in a march will take place on November 29th on the Eve of the Climate conference in Paris in a few weeks time. There will be a lcoal bus going in to Ottawa for this event from Perth and Carleton Place areas. To reserve a space on the bus contact Anita Payne at or 613-267-0881 or follow this link for more information.
Check details, but they are roughly as follows: bus leaves CP around 10:30 am, speeches at Ottawa City Hall begin 1 pm, and march is from 2 – 3 pm.
Also of interest from Avaaz organization: The video Big Oil wouldn’t want you to watch
CPAWS Talks Forests with Michael Runtz and Dr. Jeff Wells
A CPAWS event which may be of interest to members: http://cpaws-ov-vo.org/events/cpaws-talks-forests-with-michael-runtz-and-dr.-jeff-wells
TWO DYNAMIC, ENGAGING SPEAKERS. ONE GREAT EVENING FOR NATURE LOVERS!
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear two terrific conservation biologists share their insights into the importance of the Ottawa Valley for North America’s boreal songbirds.
Come and get inspired by these big-thinking speakers, see old friends and meet new ones!
This event will be followed by a free reception celebrating 45 years of conservation by CPAWS’ Ottawa-Valley chapter, including nibblies, cash bar and door prizes.
Location: Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Paid parking, easy access by OC Transpo (Laurier Station)
Time: Doors open: 6:30 PM; Lecture: 7 PM
Tickets: $15 Seating is limited.